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 TREE TRIMMING & REMOVAL
 MAINTENANCE ISSUES

TREE TRIMMING & REMOVAL
This section covers the procedures used when rural or residential tree trimming or removal is requested. RESIDENTIAL 1. Application Applications should be in writing and, as a minimum, provide the following information; • reasons for requesting trimming or removal; • how many trees will be planted as replacements; and • will applicant be prepared to pay cost of removal and replacement. 2. Criteria The Residential Tree Removal Criteria sets out the various criteria which are used when considering applications. 3. Approval Responsibility If removal is approved, then the purchase, planting and maintenance of replacement shrubs or trees will be the responsibility of the landowner. Whilst native trees and shrubs are preferred, Council may allow other suitable trees to be planted,. The species to be planted will be subject to Council’s approval. 4. Removal Initiated by Council Where Council initiates the removal of trees, Council will, purchase and plant a suitable replacement tree at it’s cost. After the initial watering, responsibility for care of the new tree will fall back to the landowner. RURAL The objective of this policy is for Council to work with particular farming districts to determine one strategic route to gain access by large farm machinery, where tree trimming or removal is required on the roadside. The strategic route must be prioritised and accepted by the local landowners. 1. Rural Road Tree Trimming • A written submission is to be received from affected landowners with supporting landowner’s signatures and an accompanying map showing the location of the works and the properties to be travelled to and from. • The Asset Department will organise an on-site meeting with land owners, with verbal agreement reached as to the extent of works and the extent of help from the land owners in cleaning up. • After the extent of works is costed and providing it is within Council budget, the Asset Department will co-ordinate Council labour/plant or a tree trimming contractor with landowners, and report to the Council. • The Asset Department will show the Council labour/plant operators or the contractor the extent of the required works. • The Asset Department will organise appropriate signage for the works. 2. Rural Road Tree Removal: • A written submission is to be received from affected landowners with supporting landowner’s signatures and an accompanying map showing the location of the works and the properties to be travelled to and from. • The Asset Department will organise an on-site meeting with landowners, local Councillors and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (assuming a planning permit is required). Verbal agreement will be reached as to the extent of works and the extent of landowner’s help in cleaning up. • Depending on the extent of works the Asset Department may need to report to Council on estimated costs and seek Council endorsement of the works being undertaken. • The Asset Department will organise planning permit application (if appropriate). • The Asset Department will co-ordinate Council labour/plant or contractor with landowners. • The Asset Department will show Council plant operator/contractor the extent of works. • The Asset Department will organise for appropriate signage for works.

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MAINTENANCE ISSUES
Maintenance issues within the Shire can range from a tree blocking a road, a pothole, to signage missing or not in the correct location. There are times when there are issues with footpaths and drainage works (either kerb and channel or culverts) that need addressing. Council appreciates the effort that is made by rate payers to report such issues. If anyone would like to report a maintenance issue please fill in the 'Customer Action Request Form' at the bottom of this page or call our Nhill office on 03 5391 4444 to report the issue.

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